The CPMR Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) and its regions are currently boosting their collaboration with several initiatives and cooperation frameworks in order to improve Mediterranean governance and cooperation.
After the positive synergies developed in Naples at the 1st UfM Regional Stakeholder conference on Blue Economy, where the Intermediterranean Commission and its Regions were highly involved (e.g. in seminars, conferences, projects), collaboration with the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat is progressing well in several areas, with a focus on Blue Growth.
These synergies have been further developed recently with the labelling of the Project Med Cost for Blue Growth by the UfM and the participation of Miguel García Herraiz, the UfM Deputy Secretary General in charge of water and environment, in the Intermediterranean Commission meetings in Cartagena. At these meetings, relevant information on the latest UfM activities and publications was shared with the Intermediterranean Commission member regions, while the UfM also learned about the latest Intermediterranean Commission activities that can contribute to its works.
Regarding BLUEMED initiative, the Executive Secretary of the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission, Davide Strangis and Eleni Hatziyanni, from the Region of Crete, contributed to the work of the BLUEMED platforms in Athens on 1/2 February (in particular the policy platform), identifying key areas of collaboration for the Strategic and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) update and future implementation. They also informed the Intermediterranean Commission members of the “Blue Economy” task force gathered in Cartagena on 14 February. The collaboration will continue in 2018.
Concerning the cooperation with the ARLEM, the Presidency of the Intermediterranean Commission, represented by the councillor of Western Greece Region, Mr Christos Bounias and the Special Adviser Dimitris Karampoulas, attended the last Plenary Meeting held in Giza (Egypt) on 21 February, which focused on preventing radicalisation, protecting women and boosting local partnerships.
Other Intermediterranean Commission members, such as Andalusia, and partner networks like Medcities also took part in the work of the Assembly which also addressed other important topics where the CPMR and its Intermediterranean Commission are active, such as migration.
Another example of positive collaboration with partner networks is the endorsement by the last Intermediterranean Commission Political Bureau of the UNIMED Petition for a Mediterranean Erasmus Generation. This meeting was also organised alongisde the PANORAMED project on governance of the MED Interreg Program, where the Intermediterranean Commission plays the active role of associated partner.
Finally, on 1 March, the Executive Secretary of the Intermediterranean Commission will be attending the first Steering Committee of the West MED maritime initiative to be held in Brussels. This meeting comes after the approval of the Declaration on the governance of the Initiative in Naples, on 30 November 2017. The Intermediterranean Commission is a formal observer in this process and will follow the work carefully, to promote the active involvement of its members.